Today, I'm wondering if the process could be made even simpler. Might it be equally helpful not even to use the words "I" or "mine"? Is it possible to avoid these words while I teach? While I talk to my student? While I think to myself?
Revised, subject-free version of those questions: Is it possible to avoid using the words "I" and "mine" while teaching? While talking? While thinking?
One of the habits is to compulsively use complete sentences. Another habit is to tend towards egoistic self-absorption. Eliminating the subject from the sentence prevents those habits.
Experimenting with subject-free language:
- Notice a habit. For example: "Stiffening the neck" or "Holding the body up" or "Pulling down" or "Compressing the spine", etc.
- Realize that there is now a choice: to continue the habitual direction, or to stop.
- Make the choice: "Choosing to stop."
- Change direction; give the new direction. For example: "Not stiffening the neck" or "Not holding the body up" or "Not pulling down," or "Not compressing the spine", etc.
- Or, framed in the positive: "Allowing fluidity" or "Releasing " or "Aiming up", etc.